Stevenson: Mayweather Played Trick on Us
WBC Light Heavyweight Champion Adonis Stevenson fought Badou Jack to a twelve-round majority draw at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. While the bout received much positive feedback, Stevenson was disappointed in the result — and he feels it has nothing to do with him.
Two of the judges assigned for the bout — Jesse Reyes and Eric Marlinski — came from the United States, while the third — Guido Cavalleri — came from Italy, and the referee — Ian John Lewis – was from Britain. Reyes and Cavalleri scored the bout 114-114, while Marlinski’s scorecard ruled the bout in Jack’s favor, 115-113.
As reported by Boxing Scene, Stevenson feels that Floyd Mayweather had great influence on the officials for the fight. Jack fights under Mayweather’s Mayweather Promotions banner.
“It should have been a bit more balanced,” said Stevenson. “Floyd, he’s a little quick. He played a trick on us and he knew what he was doing.”
Promoter Yvon Michel added that he addressed the concerns to the Ontario Athletic Commission, but they were dismissed.
“If the fight had taken place in Quebec, Michel Hamelin [head of combat sports] would not have accepted that,” Michel said.
Stevenson added he will not wait a full year before a return to the ring, stating he is up for either a rematch with Jack or a defense against WBC mandatory challenger Oleksandr Gvozdyk.
Original Story: Boxing Scene